The University of Tampa’s major in cybersecurity is a cutting-edge program that teaches students to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students receive a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in areas such as network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security, and critical infrastructures. A minor in cybersecurity and a master's in cybersecurity are also offered.
What Will You Learn?
Today’s society relies on an immense array of global networks and information systems to run organizations, support critical infrastructures and communicate. These networks are vital to our economy, transportation and energy systems, government and much more. Network vulnerabilities can jeopardize personal and business information and disrupt economic growth. Cybersecurity professionals help protect these systems, contributing significantly to organizations’ success and stability.
UT’s major in cybersecurity is a cutting-edge program that teaches students to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students receive a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security, and critical infrastructures. Students practice their skills using industry-standard tools and software in UT’s cybersecurity labs. A dedicated network allows them to engage in real-time practice and research. A minor in cybersecurity is also offered.
Undergraduate Topics of Study
- Application development
- IT and cloud infrastructure
- Information security principles
- Risk management and compliance
- Network security and cryptography
- Physical and operational security
- Penetration testing and ethical hacking
- Management information systems
- Professional certification test preparation
- Cybersecurity capstone
Internationally Recognized Program
The Sykes College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an honor held by only six percent of business schools worldwide. It is rated a top-85 graduate business school in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek, and since 2007 has been named among the best business schools in the world by The Princeton Review.
UT has also earned the distinction of being one of the first and only U.S. universities to be ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified in information security, human resources, management of information technology and the Sykes College of Business information security lab (IS 609052).
A key feature of UT’s cybersecurity major is that it prepares students for professional security certifications and designation, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry-standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab.
The new cybersecurity lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students have access to the latest advances in technology. The lab provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with firewalls, servers or setting up virtual machines on one of the 60 work stations. All devices are segregated on a separate network, so students can perform ethical hacking in a safe environment.
Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies. According to the U.S. News and World Report and the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, the average salaries nationally are $91,210, and there is a worldwide shortage of information security professionals at 1 million openings, even as cyberattacks and data breaches increase each year. UT’s innovative program prepares students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.
Local Freshman Admissions
- Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
- Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
- Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
- Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
- Essay (first-year students only)
- Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
- International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.
The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:
- November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
- January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
- March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
- March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students
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|Board (average 15-meal/week plan):